May 20, 2011

Benedictions for Ascension Day


The Ascension, Michael O'Brien

Here are some scripturally-based benedictions, suitable for Ascension Day (June 2, 2011) or Ascension Sunday (June 5, 2011).  Feel free to adapt them to suit your needs.

Ascension: Benediction 1

(based on Acts 1)

 

People of God,

we are sent out in the power of the Holy Spirit,

to be God’s witnesses;

to proclaim the Good News to everyone we meet,

to share the love that God has lavished on us

in Jesus Christ.

So go from here in the power and strength of God,

to bear witness to all you have seen and experienced.

 

Ascension: Benediction 2

(based on Ephesians 1:17-18, New Living Translation)

 

May God,

the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

give you spiritual wisdom and insight

so that you may grow in your knowledge of God.

And may He continue to flood your hearts with light

so that you may comprehend the confident hope he has given

to those he has called—His holy people,

who are His rich and glorious inheritance.

Go, in the love and grace of God!

 

Ascension: Benediction 3
(based on Psalm 93)

As you go from this place, remember this:
Our God reigns!
He is robed with majesty and armed with strength.
His kingdom is from everlasting to everlasting.
He holds our world and our lives securely.
So do not be afraid,
but go from here with confidence,
knowing that the God who goes with you
is greater and more powerful
than anything else you will face this week.

Ascension: Benediction 4

(based on Ephesians 1:19-20)

 

Brothers and sisters,

the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead

and seated him in the place of honour at God’s right hand—

this same power is at work in each one of us who believe!

So go from here in confidence and peace,

knowing that God’s presence and power go with you.  Amen.

 

See also More Benedictions for Ascension.

 

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